A National Network
The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Northern Territory, is part of an Australia wide network that started with the University of Sydney and was followed in 2011 by the two centres managed by Flinders University in Adelaide and Alice Springs (now also includes Darwin).
In 2014 the University of Western Australia and Melbourne University Poche Centres were opened and in 2015 the University of Queensland was opened. This year also saw the start of the Poche Indigenous Health Network (PIHN) with a launch held in Canberra.
Poche Northern Territory
The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Northern Territory, builds on the foundation provided by Flinders University’s 15+ year commitment to Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory.
Staff work on Poche NT aims and objectives in partnership with the Alice Springs Hospital, the Royal Darwin Hospital, health organisations and Aboriginal controlled health services and communities.
- Educate health professionals about cultural safety for working with Aboriginal people.
- Lead in the creation of educational and clinical resources for the Aboriginal health sector.
- Research issues important to Aboriginal people using methods that respect both Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing.
- Recruit, sponsor and mentor Aboriginal people wanting to work or study in the health sector.
- Communicate our goals and activities locally, nationally and internationally at forums and directly within the health sector.
Greg Poche AO
Mr Poche has a history of philantropy, kickstarting the National Melanoma Intitute of Australia in 2005 and then since 2008 supporting the establishment and continuning activities of a national network of university based centres for Indigenous health and well being.
Through his actions Mr Poche shows us how one individual can make a difference. Mr Poche has been supported by his wife Kay and guided by his great friends
In his own words “you’ve got to give something back, haven’t you? You really have to. It is a tragedy to live your life without doing something good for other people.”
Mr Poche's Aims
- To give Indigenous people decent health and reasonable life expectancy.
- Reduce, if not eradicate, a range of preventable illnesses.
- Play a key role in the delivery of practical health care to Indigenous communities.
- Undertake research to inform the way Indigenous health care is delivered.
- Influence and rejuvenate government policy towards the First Australians.
- Establish a national network to achieve these aims